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How to Manage a Construction Site

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Managing any sized construction site is important for bringing the project in on time and on budget. Change orders from the original contracts are costly and need to be avoided. A construction manager is responsible for management of a construction site. This person supervises and coordinates the entire project from the development to the final delivery. Management means planning, scheduling and implementation of all phases. Documentation of paperwork, both in print and through construction software packages, must be kept current in order to grant an inspector's immediate request.

Monitor all government inspections and building licenses as designated on the contract(s). As construction progresses, inspections and licenses continue with each new phase. Government agencies requiring documents can include the local municipality, county, state and federal. A third-party organization also requiring inspection is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Receiving a minimum silver certification in sustainability is a requirement for many projects for all government agencies.

Maintain all safety and building codes and properly store documentation. Safety codes are established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Inspectors make unannounced visits to ensure that all codes are being practiced. All documentation of any injuries, and/or deaths, must be presented whenever an inspector requests it. Keep paper documentation at your on-site trailer.

Schedule all deliveries on materials, tools and equipment arrivals. Consult the planning schedule and coordinate with all the trades such as electrical, plumbing and heating, venting and air conditioning (HVAC) to keep the schedule within its time frames.

Inspect the site daily. Most contracts require daily inspections, particularly after inclement weather. Any materials stored outside are subject to damage from rain, mud, hail or snow. Daily inspections can also track any loss or damage by thieves.

About the Author

Since 1993 Mona Harte's work has appeared in various publications, including "NYTimes Regional Newspaper Group," the "Calgary Sun," the "Great Falls Tribune" and the "Tahoe Daily Dispatch," as well as international magazines "Atlantica," "Portfolio," and "Open Skies." She holds an Associate of Arts in layout/design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

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